Don’t know about you, but we were always Team Blur. When the 90’s music scene was in full swing and we were mere whipper snappers, Damon et al were most definitely the flag we are flying. SO.. fan girl moment…when we headed to Bicester Village last week for the launch of their British Wool Collective Boutique we were pleasantly surprised to see Alex James, of afore mentioned Blur, there. Not so much playing the bass, but playing the eco warrior, of which we approve.
Over coffee a few months ago with our fellow colour lovin’ bloggers Nathan from The Rollinson London and Victoria from Aurora Stories we came up with the idea of a mini break to Paris during Fashion Week to soak up some Parisian influence, drink a few glasses of vin and strut our blogger stuff in front of the Eiffel Tower. Maybe it was the caffeine or maybe the camaraderie of being with like minded folk but a few clicks later tickets were booked and #4londonersinparis was born.
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Some of you reading this might have forgotten that by trade we are actually Fashion Designers! As well as blogging we also run our own business designing and creating beautiful bridal and occasionwear and have a studio and boutique in London. If you didn’t know then SURPRISE! See…. many strings to our bows. People ask us all the time about getting creative and how fun it must be to do something artistic day to day. Well we are going to let you in on a little secret: we don’t! The business side of running a creative business can really take over a lot of your time making it hard to feel inspired and find a moment to put pen to paper.
We are pretty adept at donning different hats daily for different roles..… girl boss, blogger, designer and love the variety but setting aside a moment to sketch or just let the creative juices flow is rare. So last week we went along to Light* & Free‘s Creative Arts Workshop to enjoy time with some of London’s leading creatives and illustrators, perfect timing post London Fashion Week and quite frankly the perfect excuse to get hands on with some pens and paper and have a pretty tasty brekkie.
With A/W firmly knocking, our heads are in Autumnal shopping mode. Bring on the chunky knits, gothic florals and rich colour palette. Shades of wine and chocolate ~ our favourites. If we could rename Oatmeal as ‘Fries’ in the Pantone shade book then we would, but that’s a whole other story.
For their Autumn campaign, H&M asked us to style key pieces from their brand new collection and discuss a topic so very dear to our hearts: The evolution of woman, inspirational women and what it means to be #ladylike today. We also interviewed inspirational business women Caroline Charles OBE, to discuss the topic and chat with someone who has worked through the last 50 years, where the idea of what a women ‘should be’ has changed so much.